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circumstantiality

Pronunciation: ser'kum-stan'she-al'i-te

Definition: A disturbance in the thought process, either voluntary or involuntary, in which one gives an excessive amount of detail (circumstances) that is often tangential, elaborate, and irrelevant, to avoid making a direct statement or answer to a question; observed in schizophrenia and in obsessional disorders.

[L. circum-sto, pr. p. -stans, to stand around]

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